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Old 25th August 2004, 02:53 AM   #1
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Default Best Car High End Amps You Have Tried

I wanted to see if someone had real world experience and can rank the top ten amps they have actually tried. For example Brax, Sinfoni, Celestra, Steg, Audison, Arc Audio, Mac, Linear Power, Genesis and TRU Technology...the real high end.

It does not make sense these days to waste your time putting an average system in a car, do it once and do it right.

Also do you prefer regulated vs. non regulated
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Old 26th August 2004, 05:54 PM   #2
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The only amp I have used out of the ones you listed is Linear Power. I have nothing but praise for these amps. They have some of the cleanest power I have heard. The cost is a little more than average but worth it.
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Old 26th August 2004, 10:06 PM   #3
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I have to agree with you that for the money LP is really an amplifier company that gets over looked much too often. I guess it looks like there isn't too much experience on the high end of things out here.
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Old 28th August 2004, 07:28 PM   #4
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i have a pair of Arcs (4050cxl and 2500cxl) waiting to go in my truck. i also have a Tru T-4.65. havent used them yet but im looking forward to it.
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guys what do u think of planetaudio?
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Old 28th August 2004, 08:21 PM   #6
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Default My choice of car commercial car amps.

My vote for the best high end car audio amplifier is for the Audison brand. Excellent construction and very well designed for car audio use. Protected against overcurrent conditions. As I recall these are made by and Italian company.

My experiance with this brand ofcourse is about eight years old so perhaps the current versions are somewhat different then those I had experiance with. I still have one of these older amplifiers collecting dust in a closet and have circuit diagrams of the older generation of Audison amplifers somewhere.
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Old 28th August 2004, 08:32 PM   #7
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I use a USamps USA-400 for my sub, which it sounds really good. From what I've heard from other places these are also high end amplifiers. The specs on mine are as follows:

USA-400 and USA-400X
Two Channel Class AB Amplifier
Total Power Output: 400 Watts RMS
THD at Rated Power: <0.006%
Stereo Separation: >98dB
Signal/Noise Ratio: 102dBA
Frequency Response: 5Hz-50KHz
Fuse Rating: 50 Amps

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Old 29th August 2004, 02:48 AM   #8
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I though Xtant was a high end brand in America?

Is Tru respected as audiphile amplifiers?

In the UK we only have Genesis and there good but a little cold sounding.

Never had the Arcs or Audisons in the UK.
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Old 30th August 2004, 03:04 AM   #9
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Wow I am so gld some more people replied I was afraid car audio was going by the way side. Thank you I hope to hear from more of you as I think car audio will to to cheap and/or high end.

My experience so far is as so:

US amps very good for the money, not the best but higher than your stuff.

Audison are excellent but not as a audiophile amp, good but a little on the gritty side.

Arc no experience so please post on here if you can make the Arc vs. Tru comparison I have heard super super things abnout both of those amps....PLEASE LETS HERE FROM MORE OF YOU...THANK YOU!!!!!!!!
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Old 8th September 2004, 06:02 AM   #10
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I used to have my front stage biamped by a pair of Zapco Z100 amplifiers. Great amps, never broke a sweat since they are stable down to .5 ohms stereo (I had them at 2 ohms).

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